Friday, 17 March 2017 09:04

Icelandic Pools The Key To Happiness

Iceland’s Water Cure

From The New York Times Magazine

There is hydrotherapy, and then there is what takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland.  This post from the New York Times posits that the country's happiness can be directly tied to its communal pools located in nature reserves.  Delving further into the culture of Iceland reveals that man made pools also play a large role in their society.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

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Fit Wet: The Exercise Hot Tub Bike

from Spring Dance Hot Tubs

Exercise isn't easy, otherwise we wouldn't have an obesity epidemic in the United States.  Our overindulgence, particularly during the holiday season is potentially damaging to our health, and has uncalculable costs to society.  Those that are looking to workout to lose the excess weight are sometimes discouraged by the intensity of the exercises, and other times thwarted by injures caused by higher impact workouts.  This post from Spring Dance Hot Tubs presents a familiar exercise that can help shed those unwanted pounds, in an unfamiliar place.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Spas and Hot Tubs for Fibromyalgia Relief

From Hot Tub Works

The Hot Tub has probably gotten a pretty bad rap over the years.  While rap stars sing about them as a partying accoutrement, and news stories talk about diseases that are spread form them, we tend to lose sight of the fact that the Hot Tub can have a theraputic effect on pain sufferers.  This post from Hot Tub Works talks about Fibromyalgia sufferers, and what they can do to get relief from their pain by utilizing hot water therapy in a hot tub.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

A study at the University of Maryland found that many of their subjects found some relief in warm water therapy, such as that found in a bubbling hot tub or spa.

And I myself, as I have aged, have found myself victim to aches and pains in my joints, but also sometimes in odd areas, like my heels or mid-thigh. It sometimes starts just as a low numbness, but can tighten itself up into a pinching sharp pain.

Hot water and gentle movements restores blood flow to an area under blood constriction. Blood flow brings oxygen, and by just soaking, breathing and stretching, I can feel the pain slowly give up. A few times a month, my spa sessions are just like that – more therapy than anything else. I always find relief in my tub, and usually for the rest of the night, so I can sleep peacefully, without restless legs, or just feeling achy all over. That's what it's like sometimes.

It helps me to imagine that while I am taking deep, slow breaths in the hot tub, that I am directing the breath to the sore areas; that I am actually breathing the air all the way down to the painful area, whether it's near my nose – in my neck, or down in my feet.

Rheumatologists have different ways of responding to fibromyalgia, and may include treatment in the following

Pharmaceuticals for pain management

Physical therapy and movement therapy

Massage or Hydrotherapy

Nutritional and Sleep analysis

Acupuncture or Network chiropractic

Click here to read the entire post

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Spas and Hot Tubs for Fibromyalgia Relief

From Hot Tub Works

The Hot Tub has probably gotten a pretty bad rap over the years.  While rap stars sing about them as a partying accoutrement, and news stories talk about diseases that are spread form them, we tend to lose sight of the fact that the Hot Tub can have a theraputic effect on pain sufferers.  This post from Hot Tub Works talks about Fibromyalgia sufferers, and what they can do to get relief from their pain by utilizing hot water therapy in a hot tub.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

A study at the University of Maryland found that many of their subjects found some relief in warm water therapy, such as that found in a bubbling hot tub or spa.

And I myself, as I have aged, have found myself victim to aches and pains in my joints, but also sometimes in odd areas, like my heels or mid-thigh. It sometimes starts just as a low numbness, but can tighten itself up into a pinching sharp pain.

Hot water and gentle movements restores blood flow to an area under blood constriction. Blood flow brings oxygen, and by just soaking, breathing and stretching, I can feel the pain slowly give up. A few times a month, my spa sessions are just like that – more therapy than anything else. I always find relief in my tub, and usually for the rest of the night, so I can sleep peacefully, without restless legs, or just feeling achy all over. That's what it's like sometimes.

It helps me to imagine that while I am taking deep, slow breaths in the hot tub, that I am directing the breath to the sore areas; that I am actually breathing the air all the way down to the painful area, whether it's near my nose – in my neck, or down in my feet.

Rheumatologists have different ways of responding to fibromyalgia, and may include treatment in the following

Pharmaceuticals for pain management

Physical therapy and movement therapy

Massage or Hydrotherapy

Nutritional and Sleep analysis

Acupuncture or Network chiropractic

Click here to read the entire post

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Arthritis Hand & Wrist Exercises While in Your Hot Tub

Arthritis Hand & Wrist Exercises As You Soak

From Bathtub Yoga

Joint pain, especially in the hands, can be a debilitating aspect of Arthritis.  According to this article from Bathtub Yoga, 1 in 5 Americans are affected by Arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in the U.S.  Additionally, repetitive stress disorders such as Carpal Tunnel syndrome affects the wrists of between 4 and 10 million Americans, says the article.  If you are a sufferer of the aforementioned afflictions, watch this video for some hot water therapy in your hot tub to help alleviate the symptoms of these painful diseases.

Click here for hand and wrist hot tub exercises

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Water Therapy Exercise Program

From Spine-Health

People with osteoarthritis, osetoporosis, back conditions and other joint conditions generally have a tough time with higher or even medium-impact exercises.  Running, walking, biking, raquet sports, etc. are generally not an option for people that have a tendency to suffer from pain and discomfort during land-based exercise activities.  Water therapy is a growing solution to this problem, and provides a very vigorous medium for not only people with the aforementioned disorders, but for everyone looking to improve their fitness level safely.  Water's properties of buyoancy, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure combine to give the exerciser amazing results.

Click here to read about the benefits of water-based exercise

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Monday, 09 September 2013 10:18

Saunas can be a great elixir for your skin

Dermal benefits of Saunas

From Oregon Hot Tub

Many people love the feeling of heat that a Sauna provides.  Whether it is after a workout for a wind-down, or just to sit and feel the raditating heat, the sauna provides intense heat therapy for many people.  This article from Oregon Hot Tub explains one of the main benefits of steam bathing hydrotherapy, which is to the skin.  Saunas cause perspiration, which helps flush toxins from the body.  Additionally, the steam therapy from a sauna can help alleviate many common skin conditions, as well as improve blood circulation, boost the immune system, and youthful skin rejuvenation.

Click here to read about the benefits of sauna therapy

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Have A Cold? 6 Ways A Hot Tub Can Help You Get Rid Of It

From Dr. Clouthier

Many people, when they feel that they are about to be consumed in the throes of a cold, head to the local convenience store or pharmacy to grab some chemical remidies.  Some of these substances can have side effects, and may not really be that effective in speeding up the recovery from the cold.  There are many homeopathic remedies for colds, but one of the most enjoyable and effective may be the Hot Tub.  The elevated heat and relaxation provided by the hot tub can provide a speedy recovery that won't require pharmaceuticals.

Click here to read how a hot tub can help cure a cold

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The Hot Tub – A Bubbling Bath of Positive Health Benefits

november 14, 2012 by shelly from Filbur Manufacturing

What's not to love about a hot tub? With its health, social, and home-improvement benefits it's a veritable hot pot of positives. Add to that the strides that hot tub manufacturers have made in energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, and one's hard-pressed to find a reason not to invest in what used to be considered solely a luxury item.

Health benefits are many, including relief for the 1 in every 3 Americans that suffer from arthritis. The heat, buoyancy, and massage elements exercise and relax the muscle joints, relieving pain and making daily tasks and movement in general more comfortable.

Relief for insomnia, which affects almost 60 million Americans, is another huge hot-tubbing benefit. The obvious stress relief it provides is a great sleep aid in and of itself, but there's more to it. According to a recent study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Therefore, it is suggested that you soak in hot water (103° F) about 90 minutes before bedtime. This causes the body's internal thermostat to pull your temperature down, enabling sleep to set in with more ease.

Probably the most surprising benefit, though, is the effects in reducing blood sugar in Diabetes Type 2 patients. A study at McKee Medical Center reports that patients who spent 30 minutes per day in a hot tub recorded a 13% decrease in blood sugar levels, better quality sleep, and a great overall sense of well-being.

Even if you don't suffer from one of these ailments, a hot tub is a natural aid in stress relief, blood pressure, headaches, and the acceleration of the healing process. As with any type of therapy, it is important to consult a physician before soaking in a hot tub if you have health concerns.

OK, so there's got to be a negative, right? Well, the closest we could find is the maintenance of this bubbling tub of bliss...and that's even a stretch as far as negatives go. This does not have to be overwhelming or difficult. My friend in the industry, Matt Giovanisci, has created a great visual guide for easy hot tub maintenance and was good enough to share it with us. And, tomorrow I'll share it with all of you!

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Aching Rabbit Now Hydrotherapy Believer

from Aqua

In our crusade to turn pools and spas into health and wellness products, we celebrate every victory, no matter how small:

A 15-pound continental giant rabbit from Dorset, England, has officially joined the movement. Heidi, the bunny in question, suffers from rabbitoid arthritis and for months has endured in silence the pain and stiffness that accompanies this debilitating disease.

Finally, her vet, aware of the medically proven benefits of warm water immersion, prescribed hydrotherapy. Seemed like a good idea, but Heidi's owner, Amanda Williams of Christchurch, immediately began to wonder how the land-lubbing rabbit would take to the aquatic environment?

"Like a duck to water," she told the BBC in a recent interview. Williams adds that Heidi also enjoys her post-workout shower. "None of us thought she would tolerate even one minute in water. She is certainly a lot more lively and is obviously benefiting from this treatment."

Twice a week the big bunny now paddles around a heated pool in a little orange vest, enjoying freedom of movement she must have believed was lost forever

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